The turning of the seasons, the return of the light. These things are important.
It is the start of my year, not the end.
Seeds from the garden that fell in autumn, need vernalisation through winter to create new life.
The cold of winter cleans the earth - ready for new growth in spring.
Late dawn, early sunset, longest night, shortest day.
A low arc of sun across the sky.
I struggle with the darkness, the lack of light but knowing that in a few days that the small time change
adds up to a very gentle increase of light.
Although the actual time for the solstice is late today - 23.03pm and it is the following dawn (Monday's) when the celebrations really kick in.
But tonight we celebrate Yule, celebrating the return of the sun.